The official twitter of the Miami Heat recently announced Chris Bosh is going to miss tonight’s contest against Portland as well as Friday night’s game against the Utah Jazz. The reason for his absence is due to a personal family matter. Reports from various media outlets are that his grandmother passed away and his relationship with her was rather close. It’s an unfortunate situation and our condolences go out to Bosh and his family.
Bosh is one of the more unique high profile athletes out there in regards to how he presents himself and is open about his feelings and thoughts on various subjects. He isn’t afraid to be out of the norm when it comes to giving his true thoughts on any matter. That part of his character seems to be a positive influence throughout the Heat team. When you see a guy as emotional as he is, it shows the desire fans hope to see players from their team demonstrate.
Haslem will most likely get the start in place of Bosh but don’t be surprised if you see LeBron play a good portion of his minutes at the PF position in the next two games. Portland and Utah have good size that will give Miami problems ever more than usual with Bosh gone so it could work in Miami’s favor to go with a faster lineup so limit the damage and keep the tempo up. Haslem at C with LeBron at the PF position with either Miller or Battier filling the SF spot could be the best way to go while dealing with the void of no Bosh the next two nights. It will be interesting to see how Spoelstra decides to manage and work around it. The hope is that Bosh will be back for the showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday but that does not look like a certainty for now. Would be a huge loss especially for that game but some things are more important than a basketball game. Thoughts and prayers go out to Bosh and his family in their difficult time. He knows his Heat family is there to give him support.